Richard Freishtat

Director, UC Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning
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"Confidence comes from knowing that you have all the tools and skills and that you’ve applied them in the right way, to know that what you are saying in persuasive and when you walk into a room you are going to get the yes."

Dr. Richard Freishtat serves as Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at UC Berkeley, where he designs and delivers a full range of enrichment initiatives and consultation services to the 2000+ faculty across campus.

In addition to teaching in the Executive Education program at Berkeley-Haas, he has individually consulted with over 300 business and medical professionals on their presentation, persuasion, and storytelling skills. Richard’s clients—faculty, business, and medical professionals—consistently report improved communication outcomes, more receptive audiences, and increased ability to influence through strategic messaging. His coaching has led clients to job offers, promotions, and superior performance, particularly in stressful situations, such as initiating projects, aligning multiple stakeholders, launching novel ideas in challenging corporate environments, and achieving landmark B2B sales. 

Having overcome a stutter and immense fear of speaking in public, Richard has a particular passion for working with professionals who seek to address some of the same impediments to their success. He is currently working on a book that will provide high-potential business professionals, who are challenged by similar obstacles, both relevant and easily-implemented tools, techniques, and frames of mind for effectively conveying their message to garner intended results.

Richard holds a PhD in Education from Arizona State University, an MA in Rhetoric and Public Address, and a BA in Speech Communications from Pennsylvania State University. Across his 15+ years of teaching and consulting experience, het has helped more than 5,000 students at the undergraduate, graduate and professional levels in course topics ranging from Oral Communication to Persuasion, and Interpersonal Communication to Small Group Communication. He has also published and presented across the globe on the topics of teaching, pedagogy, and innovation.

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Academic Background 

PhD, Curriculum Studies, Arizona State University

MA, Communication Arts & Sciences, Penn State University

BA, Speech Communications, Penn State University

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A Look Inside the Communications Excellence program

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Academic Background 

PhD, Curriculum Studies, Arizona State University

MA, Communication Arts & Sciences, Penn State University

BA, Speech Communications, Penn State University

Publications & Media

Videos 

A Look Inside the Communications Excellence program

WATCH VIDEO
VIEW MORE